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Donald Bain is an American author who is best known for writing various mystery titles. Perhaps most notably, he is the “co-author” along with the fictional character and protagonist Jessica Fletcher on the Murder, She Wrote TV tie-in book series. He has also ghostwritten many books anonymously. Donald is married to fellow writer Renee Paley-Bain, has two daughters (one of which, Laurie Bain Wilson, is also an author) and has four grandchildren.

Donald Bain has been a published novelist ever since the late 1960s, but his first credited book was The Case Against Private Aviation, published in 1969. Below is a list of Donald Bain’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Murder, She Wrote Books


Gin and Daggers(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Manhattans and Murder(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rum and Razors(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Brandy and Bullets(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Martinis and Mayhem(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Deadly Judgment(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Palette for Murder(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Highland Fling Murders(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder on the QE2(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in Moscow(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Little Yuletide Murder(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at the Powderhorn Ranch(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Knock 'em Dead(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trick or Treachery(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood on the Vine(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in a Minor Key(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Provence - To Die For(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
You Bet Your Life(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Majoring in Murder(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Destination Murder(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dying to Retire(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Vote for Murder(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maine Mutiny(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Margaritas and Murder(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Question of Murder(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Strikes and You're Dead(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Coffee, Tea or Murder(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Panning for Murder(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder on Parade(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Slaying in Savannah(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Madison Avenue Shoot(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fatal Feast(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nashville Noir(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Queen's Jewels(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skating on Thin Ice(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fine Art of Murder(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble at High Tide(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Domestic Malice(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prescription for Murder(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Close-Up on Murder(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aloha Betrayed(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Blue Blood(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killer in the Kitchen(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Design for Murder(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Capital Crimes Books


Experiment in Murder(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Undiplomatic Murder(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Internship in Murder(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Medicine(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Lights Out(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume: Writing for a Living(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The CIA's Control of Candy Jones(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Charlie and the Shawneetown Dame(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder He Wrote: A Successful Writer's Life(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: The Murder, She Wrote series is written with Jessica Fletcher. As of The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher, the Murder She Wrote series has been co-authored by Renee Paley-Bain. The Capital Crimes series is co-authored with Margaret Truman.

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Donald Bain Synopses: In Martinis & Mayhem, Jessica Fletcher is in San Franciso promoting her latest novel. She goes on a visit to a women’s prison and afterwards finds a diary in her bag. Could the diary contain clues that will clear an inmate of murder?

In A Deadly Judgment, Jessica is helping her friend, lawyer Malcolm McLoon, defend a wealthy tycoon who has been charged with murdering his brother. The accused’s only alibi is his girlfriend, who ends up being found murdered.

A Palette for Murder has Jessica Fletcher on vacation in the Hamptons. There, she takes up an art class… but one of the young models turns up dead.

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